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Despite Back Surgery, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola Remains a Key Player, Asserts Assistant Manager

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Juanma Lillo Steps in for Two Upcoming Premier League Matches

While Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola is at home recovering from a recent back operation, his presence is still strongly felt within the team, claims assistant manager Juanma Lillo.

Guardiola underwent the surgical procedure in Barcelona a few days ago and will be absent from the sidelines during Manchester City’s next two outings. In the meantime, Lillo will serve as the acting manager for this Saturday’s clash against Sheffield United and the game against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on September 2.

“Communication hasn’t skipped a beat,” shared Lillo. “As we speak, Pep is dissecting Sheffield United’s tactics. While his health is a priority, it hasn’t diminished his trademark focus on the game.”

Guardiola himself has indicated that the surgery went as planned, and although his recovery is on track, it will require the due time to complete. “He’s doing well, all things considered,” Lillo confirmed.

That said, Lillo revealed that Guardiola won’t be giving the pre-game pep talk (pun absolutely intended) via video conference for the match at Bramall Lane. “A virtual face-off isn’t on the cards; Pep isn’t into that,” Lillo elaborated.

Lillo, who rejoined Manchester City this summer for a second term as Guardiola’s right-hand man, had spent the previous season managing Qatari team Al-Sadd.

Off to a solid start, Manchester City has emerged victorious in the first two matches of the 2023-24 Premier League season, with a 3-0 win over Burnley and a 1-0 triumph against Newcastle.

In a strategic roster enhancement, the Premier League champs also unveiled their latest acquisition, Jeremy Doku from Rennes, on a five-year deal worth £55.4 million. “The squad is in fine fettle, and if you’ve seen Doku, you know what he brings to the table. He’s going to be a real asset,” said Lillo.

Lillo also emphasized that the spotlight shouldn’t solely focus on Doku. “Anytime we welcome a new talent, we’re looking at the bigger picture, the collective benefit to the team. We’re not setting him up as a savior or anything.”

Returning from injury, Bernardo Silva is all set to take the field after extending his contract until 2026. Speaking on the Portuguese international, Lillo was effusive. “To gauge Bernardo’s value to the team, all you need to do is look at his track record. His impact is as clear as day.”

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

Is Pep Guardiola still involved with Manchester City while recovering from back surgery?

Yes, according to Manchester City’s assistant manager Juanma Lillo, Pep Guardiola remains closely involved with the team’s operations despite his absence. He is currently focusing on his health post-surgery but is still keenly watching game tapes and staying in continuous contact with the team.

Who is taking over Pep Guardiola’s managerial duties in his absence?

Juanma Lillo, the assistant manager of Manchester City, will be taking over managerial duties for the team’s next two Premier League games against Sheffield United and Fulham.

When and where did Pep Guardiola have his back surgery?

Pep Guardiola had his back surgery in Barcelona earlier in the week prior to the reporting of this news.

Have there been any new player acquisitions for Manchester City recently?

Yes, Manchester City announced the signing of Jeremy Doku from Rennes for £55.4 million on a five-year contract.

How has Manchester City performed in the current Premier League season so far?

The team has started the 2023-24 Premier League season on a strong note, with wins over Burnley (3-0) and Newcastle (1-0).

Is Bernardo Silva available for upcoming games?

Yes, Bernardo Silva is “good to go” for the upcoming games after missing two matches due to injury. He also recently signed a contract extension through 2026.

Will Pep Guardiola be giving the team talk for the next games?

No, according to Juanma Lillo, Guardiola will not be giving the team talk via video conference for the upcoming game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.

What are some of the highlights of the assistant manager Juanma Lillo’s career?

Juanma Lillo has recently returned for a second stint as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City. He spent the 2022-2023 season managing the Qatari team Al-Sadd.

More about Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

  • Manchester City Official Website
  • Premier League 2023-24 Season Overview
  • Profile of Pep Guardiola
  • Juanma Lillo’s Coaching History
  • Jeremy Doku Transfer News
  • Bernardo Silva’s Contract Extension
  • Manchester City vs Burnley Match Summary
  • Manchester City vs Newcastle Match Summary
  • Latest Medical Updates on Pep Guardiola
  • Manchester City’s Game Schedule for 2023-24

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MovieBuff101 August 25, 2023 - 10:43 pm

News is good and all but where’s the drama? No last min saves? No locker room secrets? C’mon, spice it up!

SoccerFan24 August 26, 2023 - 12:09 am

Wow, didn’t kno Guardiola was that dedicated. Dude’s just had surgery but still all in on the game? respect man.

TechieJay August 26, 2023 - 2:14 am

Haha Juanma Lillo stepping up, good for him. Remember him frm his time in Qatar, guy’s got chops. Still, can’t replace Pep, can ya?

TravelGuru August 26, 2023 - 3:22 am

Guardiola had his surgery in Barcelona, huh? Nice place for a little R&R and a bit of tapas after, i guess.

SportyGina August 26, 2023 - 7:21 am

Gotta say, Bernardo Silva is back and i’m all here for it! Contract till 2026? That’s some serious commitment.

Music2MyEars August 26, 2023 - 10:34 am

Is it just me or does it feel like Man City is kinda like a real-life FIFA game? They got all the top players, man.

Gamer_Gal August 26, 2023 - 11:37 am

So if pep’s not doing the team talk, who’s gonna give the inspirational speech? Someone cue the emotional music plz!

NerdyNick August 26, 2023 - 3:07 pm

Their game against Sheffield is gonna be fire, i can feel it! Guardiola or no Guardiola, the boys are in form.

FoodieFred August 26, 2023 - 6:17 pm

All these players and millions of dollars, but do they have snacks at their games? Asking the real questions here.

CineGeek August 26, 2023 - 8:25 pm

That Jeremy Doku signing tho, massive! Can’t wait to see him light up the field. Manchester City ain’t playin’!


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